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What to Do with Your Fireplace during Summer

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Unless you spend your summers in Antarctica, you probably don’t use your fireplace year-round. So if your July and August plans don’t involve penguins, you might appreciate alternative off-season uses for your fireplace. Here are a few different ways you can enjoy our favorite feature of any house even when the AC is turned up. Continue reading

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Memorial Day Mantel Décor

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While nowadays Memorial Day is often marked with a barbecue and sleeping in, it has a very solemn history. On May 5, 1868, General John Logan designated May 30 Decoration Day, a day to decorate the graves of soldiers who died in the Civil War. That first year, five thousand people showed up to decorate twenty thousand graves at Arlington National Cemetery. Continue reading

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Five Famous Fireplaces to See on Your Summer Road Trip

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At Old World Stoneworks, we think no summer trip is complete without a visit to a famous, unusual and/or particularly beautiful fireplace. All of these fireplaces can be found right here in the good ol’ USA, so why not include them on your summer road trip map? Continue reading

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Mantels Matched to Your Decorating Style

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We all know that one of the most enjoyable aspects of home ownership is choosing what to do inside your house. From the flooring to the furniture, all the way to fireplace mantels, the choice is yours. In a way, how you decorate and style your home is an intimate reflection of who you are as a person.

Luckily, Old World Stoneworks mantels are so versatile, they can be paired with just about any décor style your heart desires.  The only question left to answer is: What is your decorating style?

Still trying to decide? No problem!  Find inspiration in some of our favorite design styles below and see what best suits your taste! Continue reading

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Celebrity Fireplace Look-a-Likes

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Much as we love to sing in the shower or dance while we wait for the microwave to ding, we can’t all be on “American Idol” or “Dancing with the Stars.” But with a little help from Old World Stoneworks, your home’s fireplace can resemble your favorite celebrity fireplace. Let’s peek at a few of our favorite celebrity look-a-like mantels. Continue reading

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Valentine’s Day Mantel Ideas

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There’s nothing more romantic than spending time in front of a crackling fire with that special someone. Avoiding the February winds together and snuggling for warmth is one of the best ways to spend the most romantic day of the year: Valentine’s Day.

But if you’re going to eschew those long wait times for fancy restaurant reservations and instead curl up in front of the fireplace with your loved one, make sure your mantel fits the occasion.

Here are five ideas for special Valentine’s Day mantel decorations.  Continue reading

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Corner Fireplace Design

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Corner fireplaces flummox many people. It’s just not that easy to plan how to lay out your furniture with a corner fireplace. These days, most people wouldn’t deliberately build one into their home. But if you buy or rent a new abode with a corner fireplace, these design tips will help. Continue reading

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New Year’s Mantel Décor

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Now that Christmas is over it’s time to quickly decorate the mantel for the New Year. If you’re entertaining on NYE, gear the mantel toward the party goers – probably something fun and glitzy. Not hosting the party? Then decorate the mantel just for you and your family. Here are a few ideas from your friends at Old World Stoneworks.

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Decorating a Mantel for Christmas

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We all know how vital a fireplace is to Christmas. It’s where you hang your stockings with care, in hope that Saint Nicholas soon will be there. How else is Santa supposed to enter your house, besides sliding down the chimney and emerging from your fireplace? Make sure your mantel is a worthy frame for Santa’s entrance.

Here are four easy ideas for your mantel this Christmas. Continue reading

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How to Design Your Bedroom with a Fireplace in Mind

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People often associate fireplaces with shared family space, such as living rooms or dens. And of course we heartily believe in family gatherings in front of the hearth. But nothing makes your home more luxurious than a bedroom fireplace. Bringing the warmth and ambiance of a fireplace into this more private sphere will enhance your bedroom and increase the joy and resale value of your house. Don’t forget this important feature when creating your dream home. Continue reading

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Ideas for Refacing Your Fireplace

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The fireplace is the natural focal point of any room, and is the logical place to gather with family or to entertain friends. But what if your fireplace doesn’t match your personal style? Maybe you moved into a house with a dated fireplace, or have outgrown a fireplace you used to love. Either way, it’s time for a makeover. At Old World Stoneworks, we believe your fireplace should bring you nothing but joy. Here are some of our ideas for refacing your fireplace and falling in love with it all over again. Continue reading

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Decorating Your Mantel for Thanksgiving

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Changing your mantel décor with the season is a fun and meaningful way to acknowledge the passing of time and the year’s special occasions. At Old World Stoneworks, fall is our favorite time to light a cozy fire and decorate the mantel. Thanksgiving is the season of harvest and family, and your mantel can easily reflect that. Use the colors and themes of the season, combined with your unique style and preferences, to create a special Thanksgiving mantel display for you and your family. Be sure to balance vertical and horizontal elements, and a pleasing array of shapes. Here are a few ideas to inspire you. Continue reading

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Fireplace 101: Masonry vs. Prefabricated

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Usually you can tell at a glance whether a fireplace is masonry or prefab. While traditionalists prefer the aged look of a masonry fireplace, not every house is blessed with one. That’s when a prefabricated fireplace may be the best solution. Both can add that wonderful fire element to your home, and each has its advantages and disadvantages. Continue reading

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Fireplaces for All-Season Rooms

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What separates an all-season room from a sunroom? Climate control. While a sunroom is pleasant only when temperatures are moderate, the right heating and cooling options keep your all-season room as enjoyable in December as it is in June. And what is absolutely the most pleasurable and romantic way to heat a room? You guessed it: a fireplace. Continue reading

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Fireplaces for Small Rooms

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Fireplaces are a great addition to any room, big or small. Since they can be architecturally overwhelming in small rooms, there are ways to incorporate them into a floor plan with minimal square feet. No room should be denied a fireplace and we have tips on how to choose and decorate around fireplaces in small spaces.
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A Dog Lover’s Dream: Designing a High-End Room for Pet-Friendly Homes

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Does your pet rule your household? Other pet-lovers would probably agree that sometimes you design your room around your pet’s needs, whether that is their bed, their basket of toys or stairs to climb onto the couch and onto your lap. Our furry friends are an important part of our lives and our home is just as much theirs as it is ours. In the U.S., 68% of households, or 82.5 million, included at least one pet in 2012, according to the American Pet Products Association, up from 62%, or 72.9 million, in 2010. Spending is hitting highs as well. In 2012, $53.33 billion was spent on pets, up from $41.2 billion five years prior. Continue reading

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The Range of Range Hoods

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Fill your kitchen with delicious aromas without the grease, heat, moisture and smoke. Range hoods can save your cabinets and walls over time from the stickier side effects of cooking. They’re also great for odor removal and ventilation. When you’re thinking about adding or replacing a range hood, there are several different types to keep in mind that may be better for your home than others.

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Ways to Upgrade a Kitchen

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So you’re thinking about updating your kitchen. The upgrade options you have can be as little as changing the light switch plates on your walls to as large as installing a new stone range hood or replacing your sink. Your kitchen is a gathering place for friends and family alike and where you likely spend a lot of your time with loved ones so any change you make should be something both you and your children will love. A small change can make a big difference and a big addition can simply bring a room together. However drastic your makeover, we have some ideas to get your creative senses going. 

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Design Ideas for a Cozy Living Space

The anatomy of a fireplace may be different from home to home, but a few design constants make every fireplace cozy. To make your home the next gathering hot spot for your family and friends, keep these design elements in mind:

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